If you are in the early stages of an unexpected pregnancy, you may be looking into a medication abortion, which is FDA-approved for up to 10 weeks (70 days gestation).

The abortion pill method can appear as the best option for unplanned pregnancies because it seems private and convenient. However, read this article to learn more about the process, potential risks, and associated side effects.

How Does it Work?

The abortion pill method is not a single pill but a series of two drugs: mifepristone and misoprostol.

After confirming your pregnancy, the first step is taking a drug called mifepristone, an antiprogestin. This drug blocks progesterone from reaching the uterus, which terminates the pregnancy.

Within the next two days, you’ll take the second drug, misoprostol. This drug forces your uterus to contract to expel the fetus and uterine lining. 

What Are the Side Effects of the Abortion Pill? 

According to the Mayo Clinic, side effects of medical abortion include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache

What Are the Risks of an Abortion Pill?

The most common risks of a medical abortion are vaginal bleeding and abdominal cramping. However, other symptoms may also include:

  • Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
  • An ongoing unwanted pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort

If you’re experiencing the above symptoms, you must have access to emergency medical care if using the abortion pill method.

How Do I Know If I’m Eligible for the Abortion Pill?

Because the abortion pill is only available within the first ten weeks of pregnancy, it’s essential to confirm the age of the pregnancy beyond tracking it back to your first missed period.

At Ridgeway Women’s Clinic, we offer a Pre-Abortion Evaluation, including a no-cost ultrasound to confirm the pregnancy’s age and viability. 

Up to 26% of known pregnancies end in a miscarriage, so it’s helpful to get confirmation aside from a pregnancy test, which can give a false-positive result if your body does not yet know it has miscarried.

Contact our patient care team today for your Pre-Abortion Evaluation or consultation for your pregnancy options!